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Surface Water/Groundwater Supply Studies and Development

Geosyntec reviewed a variable-density groundwater flow and transport model of a portion of the Monterey Bay Coastal Margin in California to evaluate the rate of sea water intrusion into aquifers.
Geosyntec reviewed a variable-density groundwater flow and transport model of a portion of the Monterey Bay Coastal Margin in California to evaluate the rate of sea water intrusion into aquifers.

Geosyntec is responsible for springshed analysis, aquifer testing, production well design, and construction oversight for five springs in Florida used by the largest producer of bottled spring water in the world.
Geosyntec is responsible for springshed analysis, aquifer testing, production well design, and construction oversight for five springs in Florida used by the largest producer of bottled spring water in the world.

Geosyntec is the prime consultant on a hazard analysis and reliability improvement program for the Sonoma County Water Agency.  The Agency provides drinking water to nine public entities and to more than 600,000 people.
Geosyntec is the prime consultant on a hazard analysis and reliability improvement program for the Sonoma County Water Agency. The Agency provides drinking water to nine public entities and to more than 600,000 people.

Geosyntec provides a wide range of specialized services in the areas of water resources, water supply development, and water conservation throughout the world. 

The ability to develop and enhance sustainable water resources while balancing the benefits to human populations and water-dependent ecosystems represents one of the more critical issues facing communities across the globe. Designing effective and sustainable solutions that identify and address issues related to surface water and groundwater supplies can be complex, frequently requiring a multidisciplinary approach.  Geosyntec's scientists, engineers, and permitting specialists provide clients with integrated solutions based on decades of experience that balance the needs for water supply development and ecological health.

We also provide clients a thorough understanding of their specific water cycle, allowing them to optimize their system performance and to make informed demand management decisions.

Practice Specialties

The challenges associated with water supply development in California, for example, are notably different from those encountered in Florida, and this is reflected in the mix of disciplines and experience offered by Geosyntec practitioners in these locations and at a multitude of others around the world. Likewise, our clients are equally diverse, ranging from municipalities and water utilities to private companies that require water supply for industrial uses or to provide bottled drinking water.

To address these many different needs and challenges, our practitioners offer a wide range of services that include most elements of water supply development – from initial source analyses, water quality evaluation, and water rights investigations through permitting and design of treatment and conveyance systems to construction management. 

Some examples of these diverse services include:

  • Source Analyses: Our practitioners provide detailed source assessments for both surface water and groundwater, identifying potential issues regarding water rights, water quality, and reliability. We perform robust alternatives analyses that present clients with a comprehensive understanding of the potential impacts associated with diversions from a surface water body, extraction from a groundwater aquifer, or the interaction of groundwater and surface water.
  • Stormwater Management: Geosyntec's engineers and scientists recognize stormwater as a resource that can be a key component of an effective water management strategy for many different types of political, fiscal, and climate change scenarios.  To help urban planners and others capitalize on this resource, we offer a highly specialized combination of disciplines within the framework of integrated water resources. Our water supply engineers, water quality specialists, hydraulic engineers, floodplain managers, hydrogeologists, and rainwater harvesting specialists frequently provide clients a progressive suite of solutions that address multiple challenges associated with stormwater management.
  • Stream Flow Analyses: Geosyntec's professionals apply multidisciplinary analyses to develop a robust understanding of the trade-offs between riparian condition and stream flow diversion for water supply and hydropower development.  Our water resource engineers work closely with our in-house geomorphologists and specialists in wetland and fishery management to provide clients with a thorough understanding of potential influences of diversion strategies on ecosystem performance.
  • Modeling: We apply both public domain and proprietary surface and groundwater models to generate informative data that allow clients to consider potential impacts of water supply development on an area or to optimize the operation of existing water supply systems.
  • Water Rights and Use Permitting: Geosyntec regularly consults with clients in the preparation of water rights and permits for submittal to multiple government agencies for review and approval. Preparing permits ahead of their submission and review often involves the application of multidisciplinary analyses that identify strategic opportunities for clients to expedite approvals and achieve significant cost savings.
  • Production Well, Diversion, and Conveyance System Design: Geosyntec engineers engage with clients to develop a complete understanding of their needs and regulatory requirements related to consistent water delivery for their communities or industrial purposes. Armed with this knowledge, we frequently design production wells, diversion facilities, piping systems, and instrumentation networks that exceed expectations and allow clients to meet water supply needs.
  • Reliability Improvement and Performance Optimization: Many of Geosyntec's clients have water supply systems and infrastructure that are aging and show clear signs of decreasing performance. We work closely with such clients using tools ranging from geophysical analysis of their conveyance systems to optimization modeling of their well fields and diversion facilities to ensure water supply systems operate at maximum efficiency.
  • Water Conservation: We help public and private clients to better understand their specific water cycle, allowing them to improve system performance, manage water demand, and improve overall water use efficiency – often allowing for significant, long-term savings in operational costs.

Geosyntec maintains in-house capabilities to support most aspects of water resources and water supply development, including watershed analysis, design of large-scale aquifer tests, groundwater and surface water modeling, production well design, surface water monitoring network design, geochemical assessment and modeling, geophysical and seismic testing and analysis, wetlands and stressed vegetation analysis, and water supply system monitoring and optimization. We also provide construction management and monitoring services that ensure client systems are built as designed and perform effectively.

Advancing the State of the Practice

Our water resources professionals involved in water supply development and engineering use state-of-the-practice tools and applications that provide our clients with cost-effective solutions that have been designed for long-term applicability. 

We have installed and currently maintain one of the first solar-powered satellite telemetry monitoring networks for providing real-time data access on water-level trends from production wells located in remote regions of Florida.  We also perform innovative seismic assessments to evaluate the vulnerability of water infrastructure to fault movement in California. Our innovative use of stable isotope tracers to delineate movement of groundwater within watersheds is becoming widely accepted within the regulatory community.

In addition, we continue to make advancements in the development of real-time intelligence that meets a wide variety of water supply and stormwater runoff needs. Geosyntec's OptiRTC computing platform, for instance, provides clients with valuable, web-based data monitoring and automated control solutions for innovative green infrastructure. By combining real-time weather forecasts and urban runoff models, OptiRTC can monitor and control cisterns, ponds, and other detention systems for dramatic improvements in wet weather performance.

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